Editor: This is so good to remember as you prepare the way you observe Mothers' Day this year . . . Mother’s Day is coming up and many churches want to express gratitude and love for all kinds of moms. But no church wants to overlook, alienate, or embarrass anyone. We’ve created a free guide exploring why and how churches...
  1.  Plan ahead. Instead of going on auto-pilot the day after Thanksgiving, hold a family meeting to decide what the group really wants to do and who’s going to do what. 2.  If you need a symbol for giving (in addition to Jesus and the Magi), learn about St. Nicholas. Santa Claus has been completely taken over by commerce. 3.  Avoid...

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Too few Americans are aware that early advocates of Mother’s Day in the United States originally envisioned it as a day of peace, to honor and support mothers who lost sons and husbands to the carnage of the Civil War. In 1870 — nearly 40 years before it became an...
  You asked for ideas about celebrating Christmas with lots of spirit and little cash. Choosing to simplify Christmas can be enriching, no matter why you've arrived at that choice. Don't be concerned that your children will suffer just because money is tight this year. What's important to them is that you're all...
Lent begins Februry 26 this year! This year, do Lent differently, do Lent courageously, do Lent generously. Stretch your faith and change your community. One day at a time. One act at a time. Try the 40 Acts challenge on for size: for yourself, your family, you congregation. Check it out: https://40acts.org.uk/ [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sy07HGATAJM?feature=player_embedded]

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